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Weekly Nostalgia: Mineral

Posted by - 07:34 AM on 11/11/09
What's the point of slick production if there is no heart? Mineral's only two releases don't sound like they were made to the best audio quality, but the passion of both their records boils over the surface of vocalist/guitarist Chris Simpson's audible desperation. Drummer Gabriel Wiley, guitarist Scott McCarver and bassist Jeremy Gomez complete the early influence that was the Texas four piece of an early heart on the sleeve of many. 1997's debut, The Power of Failing, is an early indie/emo staple with the likes of Diary and Dear You. The entire album, lyrically and musically fragile, soft verses to heavy choruses and guitar picking builds and intros, sounds closest to early Sunny Day Real Estate records. Mineral would hold its own though, even with only releasing a handful of singles and two albums, including their final one, 1998's EndSerenading.
 
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07:37 AM on 11/11/09
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Oh Mineral, now here's a beautiful weekly nostalgia. So listening to their catalog today! Thank you Adam.
07:42 AM on 11/11/09
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yeah, fucking rules as is, but i've always wanted to hear them sounding more polished. i guess that is what the gloria record / zookeeper is for.
07:56 AM on 11/11/09
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I believe my name requires me to post in this thread
08:05 AM on 11/11/09
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Pizza boys gone rock.

Mineral knew how to do it right... kids, take note.

up next at bat, Vitreous Humor.
08:09 AM on 11/11/09
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i've officially established that i'm going to be listening to mineral for the rest of the day. which is completely fine by me, thank you AP.
08:11 AM on 11/11/09
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Simpson is my favorite lyricist ever. Loveeeeeee Mineral.
08:12 AM on 11/11/09
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They were from Austin, not Houston.
08:13 AM on 11/11/09
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Before my time. Trying to listen to it now, its just too emo for me.

Maybe I'll give The Power Of Falling a spin today and see if I'm feeling it.
08:19 AM on 11/11/09
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These guys are one of my favorite 90's bands, and had a tremendous way of transmitting their emotion through their sound.
08:20 AM on 11/11/09
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Great band, brings back lots of memories. I think a couple of the members are from Cypress, TX which is outside of Houston on the way towards Austin. Its only a couple hour drive from Cypress to Austin.
08:25 AM on 11/11/09
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Gloria and Slower are two of the best songs of all time.
08:25 AM on 11/11/09
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i love this band, they were really great. i wish they would make a comeback
08:29 AM on 11/11/09
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I still remember (8+) years ago when my friend was trying to make sure people stopped calling Good Charlotte emo by playing "Parking Lot" and saying "THIS is emo".
I'll be putting their cds back on my iphone rotation when I get home for sure.
08:29 AM on 11/11/09
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Man, I still love the power of failing. Such a great record.

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